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OFFBEAT: East Chicago author Broderick has new novel 'Stalked'

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2014-02-23T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: East Chicago author Broderick has new novel 'Stalked'By Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

My thanks to reader Martha Burns of Schererville for tipping me off that our East Chicago author claim-to-fame James F. Broderick has a new 242-page novel to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

"Stalked" (November 2013 Whiskey Creek Press LLC $17.95) details "the crisis facing character Kelsey Kane, a 27-year-old single mother who's desperately trying to build a life for her and her 7-year-old son. As she nears the end of her formal education—and is tantalized by a life just beyond her reach—she encounters a fierce reminder of the limits of logic—as well as her own insecurities—as she battles to save herself, her son, and her sanity from the clutches of a creature that can’t exist—but which does."

"My husband Paul and I have known James Broderick his entire life," Burns wrote me.

"He was born at St. Catherine's Hospital in East Chicago and raised in Whiting, the son of Donald and Patricia (Callahan) Broderick, who now live in Schererville. James attended Sacred Heart Elementary and Whiting High School and then graduated from Indiana State in Terre Haute, just like his father Donald and brothers George and Donald Jr. I have been friends with his mother Patricia for 60-plus years, since attending Bishop Noll Institute. I'm sure readers will be interested in James' latest accomplishments."

Thank you Martha! Broderick is also an associate professor of English and Journalism at New Jersey City University. After starting his journalism career in the Region, he worked at newspapers and online news services in Cincinnati, Suburban Chicago and New York City. He received his master's degree from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He published his first book in 2003, titled "Paging New Jersey."

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As promised, here's an update about our local contestants competing in the 2014 Seattle Sutton Slim Down Challenge. It's Week 5 and they are officially one-third of the way through the competition:

Annette Walker, 57 of Gary, STARTING WEIGHT: 235, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FIVE WEEKS: 16.6

Jessica Mignard, 31, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 196.6, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FIVE WEEKS: 24

Linda Adams, 46, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 204.8, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FIVE WEEKS: 10.4

Lon Saloman, 45, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 269, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FIVE WEEKS: 32.2

Maureen Anleitner, 60, of Chesterton, STARTING WEIGHT: 225, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FIVE WEEKS: 15

Michael Adams, 52, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 247, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FIVE WEEKS: 28.4

Dr. Michael Perez., 46, of Munster, STARTING WEIGHT: 256, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FIVE WEEKS: 32.5

Rebekah Cowan, 50, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 181, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FIVE WEEKS: 16

Sue Kiefer, 52, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 182, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FIVE WEEKS: 24

Tim Kreke, 62, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 264, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST FIVE WEEKS: 33

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